Don't Forget about Beech. The Wood is Beautiful and the price is Great!!!
In today's market finding a beautiful wood thats price hasn't gone through the roof is hard to find. European Beech is one of those rare finds. It is cheaper then most domestic lumber which is amazing to me. Not only is this wood beautiful it is also easy to work or turn and glue.
The Lumber itself is moderately hard, straight-grained, an even-textured wood with great strength properties. This lumber has characteristics that allows it to be bent for furniture making or similar applications.It is also easy to finish with most top coats. European beech has become the gold standard in workbench construction material.
European Beech is most often seen in the superior grade ( picture 1-a). A very uniform color with minimal contrasting grain and or mineral streaking. This makes for a very uniform look for any project. We carry 6/4 & 8/4 lumber in this grade.
(1-a Superior Grade)
I prefer the the Red Heart Grade (picture 1-b) that allows for mineral streaking which provides lots of contrast, and In my opinion, adds lots of character to a project. We can only get 4/4 in this grade at this time. I wish we could get it in 6/4 & 8/4 sizes but it is just not available.
(1-b Redheart Grade)
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